USDA Organic 100% Raw Cacao Nibs by Healthworks
A treat you will surely love, our Organic Cacao Nibs are a superfood that you will truly treasure. This healthy treat can help satisfy your chocolate cravings and give you powerful nutrients all at the same time. Cacao contains a rich supply of antioxidants, dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium and are low in carbohydrates and sugar.
Try our Cacao Nibs in smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, baked goods, ice-cream, trail mix, snack food, or as a chocolate chip alternative.
WARNING: Consuming this product may expose you to chemicals including cadmium, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov/food.
Question: Does it taste like chocolate chips or dark chocolate?
Answer: Raw, organic cacao nibs can have sort of a bitter, think dark chocolate taste, when eaten by themselves. The reason is because it is not treated like your typical Cocoa that you would buy in the supermarket is. Because it is raw it does not have sugar added or any of the unhealthy processing that is used to give it a sweet taste, but also which voids many of the natural health benefits. The good news is that if you use it in smoothies or recipes that call for chocolate, many customers feel like they get all the great taste of chocolate without the unhealthy additives or processing, plus the nutritional benefits of raw cacao nibs.
Question: How are the Cacao Nibs processed?
Answer: Much of the production process is manual and takes place on the small farms where the cacao is grown. Our cacao is selectively harvested by hand since not all the fruit ripen in the same time. Mature fruit pods are split open, the cacao beans removed and the outer shell discarded. Once scooped from the pods the cacao beans are fermented and sun dried to lower the humidity.
On arrival at our processing plant the cacao grains are washed and disinfected to lower microbiological contamination. We then soften the skin of the cacao by means of a low heat treatment. The beans are then low temperature dried and their shells are removed before being crushed into smaller nib size pieces.
Temperature is the most important advantage of all our cacao products: all the processing is done below 45º Celsius (approximately 110º Fahrenheit), which allows us to maintain the natural flavor and -even more important- the nutritional properties of the fresh cacao grains.
Question: Are they safe to eat raw?
Answer: Our Cacao Nibs can be consumed raw and you get more benefits not heating or cooking raw cacao as it is full of enzymes, vitamins and nutrients that are carefully preserved in the low temperature processing. You can still use raw cacao in hot drinks and baking, but you lose some of the nutrients.